A monumental retelling of world history through the lens of the sea—revealing in breathtaking depth how people first came into contact with one another by ocean and river, lake and stream, and how goods, languages, religions, and entire cultures spread across and along the world’s waterways, bringing together civilizations and defining what makes us most human. The Sea and Civilization is a mesmerizing, rhapsodic narrative of maritime enterprise, from the origins of long-distance migration to the great seafaring cultures of antiquity; from Song Dynasty human-powered paddle-boats to aircraft carriers and container ships. Lincoln Paine takes the reader on an intellectual adventure casting the world in a new light, in which the sea reigns supreme. Above all, Paine makes clear how the rise and fall of civilizations can be linked to the sea. An accomplishment of both great sweep and illuminating detail, The Sea and Civilization is a stunning work of history.
|Publisher:||Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||6.60(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.60(d)|
About the Author
Lincoln Paine is the author of five books and more than fifty articles, reviews, and lectures on various aspects of maritime history. He lives in Portland, Maine, with his wife, Allison.
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Table of Contents
A Note on Measures xxxvi
1 Taking to the Water 11
2 The River and Seas of Ancient Egypt 36
3 Bronze Age Seafaring 57
4 Phoenicians, Greeks, and the Mediterranean 79
5 Carthage, Rome, and the Mediterranean 107
6 Chasing the Monsoons 137
7 Continent and Archipelagoes in the East 167
8 The Christian and Muslim Mediterranean 198
9 Northern Europe Through the Viking Age 229
10 The Silk Road of the Seas 262
11 China Looks Seaward 291
12 The Medieval Mediterranean and Europe 316
13 The Golden Age of Maritime Asia 346
14 The World Encompassed 376
15 The Birth of Global Trade 406
16 State and Sea in the Age of European Expansion 440
17 Northern Europe Ascendant 473
18 "Annihilation of Space and Time" 508
19 Naval Power in Steam and Steel 546
20 The Maritime World Since the 1950s 582
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I bought this book to find out about the sea routes that the Vikings used and I learned about that and so much more. I still have not finished reading it all but I am sure this book is a must have.
This book is packed with information and could easily be several volumes, rather than just 600 pages. One would do well to have a good atlas at hand and access to an encyclopedia. There is so much information I found myself sometimes lost. That is why I enlisted the atlas and encyclopedia. I give "The Sea and Civilization" the four stars because I feel you need to have additional materials at hand to slow the book down.